Caregiver Support Group
Connecting with other caregivers in caregiver support group meetings is an excellent way to acquire information, ideas and tips for caregiving. In addition, support group participants feel affirmed, renewed and re-energized after sharing their stories and hearing the stories of their fellow caregivers.
Holy Cross supports all and any caregivers through the support group meetings that are held each month. During the meetings, caregivers are given opportunities to share their stories, ask questions and feel affirmed for all they are doing in their journeys as a caregiver.
Meetings: Usually the 2nd Thursday of the month at 1:30pm in classroom J at Holy Cross
Caregiver Support Group Meeting
Aug 8, 2019: 1:30pm
in classroom J at Holy Cross Parish
For questions about the caregiving journey, call Evelyn (Sanchez) Fink at 602-882-5197. For questions about caregiver resources, call Bobbie Boyd at 480-292-0583.
On the Caregiving Journey...
With an estimated 40 million family caregivers in the U.S., employers are recognizing the value of those who are also members of the workforce. If you are working while caring for a loved one, AARP has resources including a video with tips for talking with your employer. (Copy the URL address into your computer search bar: https://learn.aarp.org/the-working-caregiver .
Be upfront with your employer regarding your caregiving responsibilities. If your company is small, talk with your boss, otherwise, your human resources manager who can tell you about policies and services such as caregivers’ support groups and respite care.
Make suggestions that accommodate your caregiving responsibilities yet are cost-effective for the company. Be creative. Explore options such as flextime, telecommuting, working from home one day a week, and utilizing allocated time off. And some employers are now offering paid leave for caregivers. You can also inquire whether you qualify for the Family and Medical Leave Act.
Caring for Someone with Alzheimer's06-16-2019
Many caregivers are caring for loved ones who are dealing with memory loss. According to the Alzheimer’s Association web site, Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia accounting for 60% to 80% of the dementia cases. Alzheimer’s progresses rapidly as compared with general dementia that develops slowly. People diagnosed with Alzheimer’s will live an average of eight years after their diagnosis, although some live as long as 20 years. Because the disease robs people of their ability to think and take care of themselves, they will need a lot of assistance which creates a challenging journey for family caregivers. One of the best resources for family caregivers is the Alzheimer’s Association web site which can be found at www.alz.org. This website is packed full of information to help people understand the disease, how it progresses, and risk factors for getting the disease. In addition, the web site features links to the Alzheimer’s navigator of connections to local support services, a virtual library, and information on locating a local chapter of the Association. A helpline is available 24/7 to provide assistance and answer questions. Call 1-800-272-3900 to reach the helpline.